Must Have Hors D’oeuvres for 2012

There are so many trends that are set for events and entertaining in 2012.  These can easily become  staple and conversation piece for your next party or cocktail hour.  Serving as a precursor as to what is to come with your full menu– you can feel free to experiment, go bold, build anticipation, incorporate your favorite staples and basically anything your heart (and stomach) desires.

Just like with fashion and music, the trends ebb and flow with popular demand. If you are looking to try something new and exciting, here are some great ideas!

Southern Foods are Still a Huge Hit:
It’s just something about Southern food that adds a special soulfulness to your menu.  Although, not the healthiest food– you can make some alternative selections in your ingredients and still keep the great flavors that you’ve come to love.

Baked Bacon Wrapped Green Beans with butter, brown sugar, and garlic mixture.

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Stuffed New Potatoes

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Go Mobile
If you are having a cocktail hour at your wedding or you want your guests to be able to move around your home, being stuck with cumbersome food can put an early damper on the mood.  But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to chips and dip.  Some of the flavors and textures that have become a favorite at your sit down meals are available on the go.

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Grape and Bacon Goat Cheese Pops

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Mini colorful soup shooters

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Turkish salads in a tumbler

Clean and Healthy Food Choices Don’t Have to Be Boring:
As guests become more health conscious with their choices– either being vegan, vegetarian, on a raw diet or choosing to avoid fatty or fried foods, having fresh, clean alternatives doesn’t just mean a veggie tray.  You can get your gourmet on with your vegetable offerings.

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Cucumber feta boats

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French onion soup mushrooms

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A great alternative to the veggie tray!

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A PF Chang-esque interpretation of Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Comfort Foods are Still a Huge Hit:
One of the biggest fear of going to an event is wondering if you’ll like the food there. Offering a gourmet take on your favorite comfort foods are sure to be a hit.  Think of foods that you loved when you were a kid or ones that are you “go to” foods when you want to get in a good mood, scale them down and serve them up!

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Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup

mini party appetizersDelicious Mac and Cheese Bites

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Ham and cheese sliders

Explore Different Cultures
Looking for something to exotic to incorporate into your menu or break the monotony, don’t be afraid to look to other cultures for inspiration.  They can at vibrancy of color, bursts of flavor and a great conversation piece.  Choose something you’ve had before and can gauge how it should taste– plus, you can share why it’s your favorite and if you’ve traveled to the native area.

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Skewered cheese tortellini with pesto dip

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Mini Tacos with Tequila

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What are some things you are looking forward to trying or are your favorites?

Become a Savvy Host

Savvy Host:  entertaining essentials

 

 

Sometimes entertaining can be tough, stressful and nerve wracking.  Enter:  Savvy Host.  In addition to swooning over their concepts (I love that their philosophy and approach is “simple”, that “sharing a meal can be one of life’s most enjoyable experiences”) and following Savvy Host on Twitter, I have enjoyed seeing what they are doing with the entertainment market.

You can learn the 8 entertaining essentials, which will take your stressful or drab dinner party to a thoughtful and effortlessly fabulous gathering of friends.  These tips will work for everything that you might have planned (or want to plan):  Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners with your new in-laws,  a backyard barbecue for friends or a dinner and martini party for the girls.  What’s even better is that savvy host team can help you with your entertaining needs by creating a customized entertaining plan, decor, and help for creating gorgeous tabletops.  You can also schedule your own Savvy Host party with friends or attend one of the classes/events on specific entertaining topics. 

Another great feature of Savvy Host is the Savvy Host Market.    This is the Savvy Host store where you can purchase all of your entertaining needs like tabletops in a box, essentials for the grill, bar basics and so much more.  You are sure to find something to help you plan your next engagement party, bridal shower or  luncheon. 

Happy entertaining!